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Bloomberg, Paulson and Steyer release bipartisan report on climate change risks to Midwest 

Source: Benjamin Hulac, Niina Heikkinen and Daniel Cusick, E&E reporters • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Midwest is home to 1 in 5 Americans and an outsized manufacturing sector that consumes 20 percent more energy per dollar of economic output than the national average, the report found. The region is responsible for higher per-capita greenhouse gas emissions, too, emitting 22 percent more than the U.S. average. In a county-by-county perspective, the study compiled results on heat-related deaths, increased electricity demand, climbing energy costs, dipping labor output, dwindling crop yields and damage to transportation infrastructure.

Obama admin to approve hotly debated N.M.-to-Ariz. project 

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Interior Department is set to issue final approval of a 515-mile-long multistate transmission line project that the Obama administration considers a top priority but that has been hounded by concerns it could compromise a New Mexico missile testing range and degrade a pristine Arizona river valley. At issue is the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, which is projected to carry as much as 4,500 megawatts of what proponents say will be mostly wind-generated electricity from northeast New Mexico to an electric distribution point northwest of Tucson, Ariz.

More trouble for Cape Wind with wholesale market suspension 

Source: Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Cape Wind’s future is again in doubt this week after New England’s grid operator suspended the offshore wind developer from participating in wholesale electricity markets — at the same time Cape Wind executives are seeking to downplay the project’s termination of land-use agreements.

AWEA’s Kiernan talks future of PTC support following Obama remarks on wind power leadership 

Source: Monica Trauzzi, E&E • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Did President Obama’s State of the Union remarks on wind power’s leadership role indicate a shift in support for the production tax credit? During today’s OnPoint, Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, explains why his industry continues to need the PTC, despite its global leadership. He also talks about his organization’s lobbying strategy for the Republican-controlled Congress.

Oklahoma Wind enegy project long time coming, long ways to go

Source: By ROD WALTON, World Business Editor, Tulsa World • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Patience is both a virtue and professional necessity for Michael Skelly. More than five years ago, the CEO of Clean Line Energy Partners LP and his company began the process to eventually build something called the Plains and Eastern Clean Line. The project will be a 700-mile, 600-kilovolt, direct current transmission line bringing wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Texas and Kansas to electricity utilities in Arkansas and Tennessee. If all goes as planned, construction on the $2 billion Clean Line will begin next year and be operational by 2018.

Wind Energy Production Tax brings $27.9 million to Worthington and surrounding counties

Source: By Worthing Minnesota Daily Globe • Posted: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Wind development has grown into a significant industry for the Nobles and Jackson County area. Revenue from the Wind Energy Production Tax this year was already 10 times higher than it was a decade earlier. Over that same period, more than $27.9 million has been paid to counties, townships and schools in the Nobles County and Jackson County area, including $8.9 million to those units in Nobles and Jackson counties alone.

Comment: Massachusetts Charlie Baker should focus on wind

Source: By Roger Berkowitz and Gerard Dhooge, Boston Globe • Posted: Monday, January 26th, 2015

State support for natural gas could hurt thriving local clean-energy industries PNM VIA AP/FILE 2014, This image provided by New Mexico power company PNM shows some of the more than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in the state.    MASSACHUSETTS WILL command the national stage next week when the Department of Interior auctions […]

Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits 

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 26th, 2015

Abengoa opened another mammoth plant on Friday in the Mojave Desert in California that uses the same approach. But despite the technology’s success, Abengoa and other developers say they do not have plans at the moment to build more such plants in the United States. And that is largely because of uncertainty surrounding an important tax credit worth 30 percent of a project’s cost. Although the subsidy, known as the Investment Tax Credit, is to remain in place until the end of 2016, when it will drop to 10 percent, that does not give developers enough time to get through the long process of securing land, permits, financing and power-purchase agreements, executives and analysts say.

Obama backs India’s solar goals, seeks support for climate talks

Source: BY KRISHNA N. DAS, Reuters • Posted: Monday, January 26th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday offered to help finance India’s ambitious solar energy target and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support at global climate talks in Paris later this year. India is the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter and often acts as the voice of the world’s developing countries in United Nations talks on everything from climate change to economic cooperation.

Comment: The state of the wind industry is strong

Source: By Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association, The Hill.com • Posted: Monday, January 26th, 2015

The strength of the U.S. wind industry is attracting the notice of the highest levels of government. In his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that the U.S. leads the world in wind generation. The fact that the U.S. is #1 – leading even China — comes from an analysis by EDF Renewable Energy executive Dr. James Walker. Wind energy is an American success story: the U.S. invented utility-scale wind farms, and by investing in them here in the U.S., we now have some of the best infrastructure this country has ever built.